May 29, 2012 - 5/29 Early evening nester!

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We got a call about 6:15 p.m. from DeBordieu Security that a turtle had come up on the beach near Walkway #6! Bill and Betsy rushed over to the beach fearing there would be lots of people surrounding the turtle. Instead, they found a totally empty beach and the turtle already dropping her eggs! The turtle was on the beach over an hour and successfully nested. On her return to the ocean, she was doused with the ceremonial bucket of water to refresh her. Bill was able to measure her carapace (99 cm notch to tip/98 cm notch to notch/91 cm wide) and proclaimed her a large, healthy loggerhead! She made her way into the waves and came up for one last breath before disappearing into the deep.

Susan had the honors of probing and finding the egg chamber. The nest was in a good location and was left it natural. The location was 84 yds. south of Walkway #6.

Bill and Kathi wondered if this is the same turtle who had the crawl today that gave them, Robin, Brandi and Jackie such a workout. Maybe she was so desperate to deposit her eggs that she braved a daytime nesting!

May 29, 2012 - False crawl

Bill returned to the crawl 60 yds. north of mile marker 6 on Hobcaw (see update below) around 10:30 a.m. Like Robin, he felt there was a nest there. He was joined by Kathi who was out for a jog and the 2 of them worked on the area for almost 2 hrs. and finally declared it a false crawl. Thanks to Kathi and Bill for their dedication and determination!

May 29, 2012 - Nest!

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Hobcaw: Robin, walking with new volunteers Brandi and Jackie, had 2 crawls this morning! A turtle scaled a high dune 60 yds. north of the 18 mile marker. Jackie and Brandi got some probing experience and the eggs were found and the nest was left natural (photo). There was another crawl 60 yds. north of the 6 mile marker. After a lot of probing and sand removal the group had run out of water and energy due to the rising temperatures. Bill is heading down to give the site a try before Beryl's rain comes and will let us know what he finds.

DeBordieu  4   Hobcaw  7   SCUTE  18   SC  697

May 28, 2012 - Wrong type of tracks!

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There was no turtle activity last night but plenty of human activity! Carolyn (Middle) and Denny (North) reported 4 wheel tire tracks that we think originated from the north access road, went south to Walkway #5 and then north mid-way to Prince George. There were also numerous holes dug which are a hazzard for people walking the beach and nesting/hatching sea turtles. If you must dig holes, please do so below the high tide line. DeBordieu Security was notified.

There was no turtle activity this morning in the 60 mile SCUTE area.

May 27, 2012 - Nest!

Hobcaw: Derenda braved another messy Sunday and found a crawl 58 yds. north of the 7 mile marker. She said it took her a while to locate the chamber but after finding the eggs, she decided the location was high enough above the wrack line to leave it natural. Derenda was on medical leave last season and was so excited to have a nest and get back to some serious turtling!

DeBordieu  4   Hobcaw  6   SCUTE  16    SC  595



May 26, 2012 - Certification!

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Susan Davis has earned her SCDNR certification! Susan joined DeBordieu & Hobcaw S.C.U.T.E. mid-season last year and has enthusiastically learned as much as she can about loggerheads and how to locate nests. The key to her becoming certified is that she has walked often and made herself available for training. Susan and her husband, Dan, split their time between DeBordieu and Denver, NC. Congratulations Susan!

May 26, 2012 - No activity

There was no activity this morning.

DeBordieu     4
Hobcaw          5
SCUTE         15
SC               538

May 25, 2012 - NEST! Dicey transmitting again!

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North: Ingrid, Tom and Jackie had no activity.

Middle: Mary had no activity.

Hobcaw: Susan walked with Bill this morning and had a crawl at the 94 yds. south of the 6 mile marker where the turtle dodged a tree limb (see Photo Gallery 3), bumped along the dune line, nested and departed. After Susan located the egg chamber, they decided to leave the nest natural. This nest earned Susan her certification (photo)! We will be sending the ceremonial photo of her with her official SCDNR document shortly.

Dicey: After no transmission for 2 weeks, our adopted loggerhead, Dicey, has finally been heard from! He/she is heading north, currently near the GA/SC border.

DeBordieu     4
Hobcaw          5
SCUTE         15
SC state      516

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